Local and Michigan Headlines: Supreme Court Overturns Major Michigan Case; Utility Bills to Increase for Wind Power

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1 thought on “Local and Michigan Headlines: Supreme Court Overturns Major Michigan Case; Utility Bills to Increase for Wind Power”

  1. The overturning of Michigan v Jackson is barely going to make a ripple in the news cycle today, but for thousands of people who are placed under arrest every day, it is an unmitigated disaster.

    Michigan v Jackson is one of the few protections that an arrested person has against police misconduct and intimidation. Basically, what Scalia and the other hard-liners have done is said to the police, “You’re now free to do anything you like in an interrogation room, and the person you’ve just arrested has no right to stop you, no right to have a witness present, and no right to anyone to give advice or counsel.”

    The Michigan Messenger did a good synopsis, but missed the scariest line of the decision:

    “…the principal cost of applying Jackson’s rule is that crimes can go unsolved and criminals unpunished when uncoerced confessions are excluded and when officers are deterred from even trying to obtain confessions.”

    Please note that what Scalia is tacitly saying here is that it’s OK to obtain confessions via coercion if that’s what each individual state wants to sanction.

    In a country where habeus corpus has still not been put back into place and the Supreme Court hands down decisions like this one, it will be even more of a struggle to protect clients from undue force, false confessions, and police brutality.

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